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'Innovative ideas for governance will get government support'`

JAIPUR: To bring innovative steps in governance, industries, education and health, the state innovation council under planning department is holding a two-day seminar on 'Innovations' on Monday and Tuesday.

While inaugurating the event, chief secretary CK Mathew emphasized on innovation in government functioning. He said that people with new ideas will get all support from the state government.

"In the working of government, new ideas are being brought in. That's the reason why the state government has launched innovative schemes like 
free medical testsand medicines," said Mathew.

Sam Pitroda, chairman of 
National Innovation Council addressed the gathering through video-conferencing from California. He lauded the state government for instituting innovation council. "Sectors like health, agriculture, environment and green technologies need out-of-box thinking. Feeling the necessity of innovation, the Union government has set up funds for Rs 5,000 crore," said Pitroda.

For innovation in industries, 
Planning Commission member Arun Maira stressed on reaching to entrepreneurs and understanding their issues. "We need to look into the experiences of people and understand what prevents them from making micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) into big companies.

The National Innovation Council also recommended a separate cell for MSME in Rajasthan. The seminar has also provided a platform to young innovators. Exhibition of projects including mileage booster, hybrids of wheat and mustard, pruning machine and solar laminator were held.